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Pentagon Calls Off Deal With Microsoft That Went to Court

Amazon complained about cloud computing contract that could pay $10B

(Newser) - The Pentagon said Tuesday it canceled a disputed cloud computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion. The Defense Department will instead pursue a deal with both Microsoft and Amazon and possibly other cloud service providers, the AP reports. "With the shifting technology environment, it...

The &#39;Blue Screen of Death&#39; Is Going Away
Farewell, Famous
'Blue Screen of Death'
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Farewell, Famous 'Blue Screen of Death'

Long live the Black Screen of Death

(Newser) - Anyone who has worked with Windows long enough has surely encountered it—the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Now, the Verge reports that the famous, or infamous, error message is going away as part of the upcoming Windows 11 update. Alas, Microsoft hasn't found some magical fix that eliminates...

Woman Gets 6 Months for Using Pirated Copies of Windows
Woman Gets 6 Months
for Using Pirated
Copies of Windows
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Woman Gets 6 Months for Using Pirated Copies of Windows

Sentence is first of its kind handed down in Spain

(Newser) - Microsoft is apparently cracking down on unauthorized use of its software in Spain—and it has the courts on its side. After several appeals, a woman caught using pirated versions of Windows and Office in a Madrid establishment offering international phone calls has been sentenced to six months in prison,...

Microsoft: 'Human Error' Caused Famous Pic to Vanish Online

Company denies censorship led Bing to stifle search results for Tiananmen Square's 'Tank Man'

(Newser) - Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in China, which means lots of people headed online to peruse articles and pictures of the incident that led to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protester deaths. One photo that interested parties in several countries couldn't initially find, at least...

Reports of Bill Gates&#39; Iffy Behavior Are Coming Out
Reports of
Bill Gates'
Iffy Behavior
Are Coming Out
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Reports of Bill Gates' Iffy Behavior Are Coming Out

Involving his allegedly wandering eye, Epstein, and more

(Newser) - Reports of allegedly "questionable behavior," as the New York Times puts it, are piling up around Bill Gates in the wake of his divorce announcement . The Microsoft co-founder is accused of having a wandering eye going back years, according to the Times report, and in the Wall Street ...

Have an Eye for Fonts? Microsoft Needs You

Company retiring Calibri as default font in Microsoft Office, wants public's help in picking new one

(Newser) - "We need to talk." So begins Microsoft's breakup letter to Calibri, which has served as the company's default font since 2007. Now Microsoft is introducing five new original fonts, and one of them will end up taking Calibri's place as the default font in Microsoft...

Georgia Faces Growing Backlash Over Voter Law

Coke, Delta, Microsoft all speak out against it

(Newser) - The leaders of Coca Cola and Delta Air Lines, two of Georgia's largest corporations, are speaking out about the state's new voting law , along with the president of Microsoft, which has plans to create a hub in Atlanta. In a Wednesday memo to employees, Delta CEO Ed Bastian...

Army Buying Microsoft's High-Tech Headsets

Contract for augmented reality devices could pay $21B

(Newser) - The Army has placed an order for more than 120,000 augmented reality headsets, a contract that could bring Microsoft at least $21 billion over 10 years. The IVAS, which is based on HoloLens headsets developed for entertainment and video games, enhances soldiers' awareness of their surroundings and helps them...

Microsoft: Hackers Got Further In Than We Thought

They viewed, but didn't change, source code

(Newser) - Microsoft said Thursday in a blog post that hackers tied to a massive intrusion of dozens of US government agencies and private companies sneaked further into its systems than previously thought, although the intrusion doesn't appear to have caused any additional harm. The company said the hackers were able...

Gift Card Scam Nets Tesla, Waterfront Home, and 9 Years

Ukranian hired by Microsoft to test system found a flaw

(Newser) - As a tester for Microsoft, Volodymyr Kvashuk placed fake online orders to check the system. The software wouldn't allow products to be sent to testers, so there was no risk of the company being scammed. Except there was. Kvashuk, who was hired in 2016, discovered nothing stopped him from...

Microsoft to Pay $7.5B for Video Game Rival

Idea is for Bethesda to boost Xbox Game Pass service

(Newser) - Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games the Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Fallout. The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, the AP reports. Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part...

Microsoft: The TikTok Deal Is Dead in the Water
TikTok Has a Buyer
at the 11th Hour: Report

TikTok Has a Buyer at the 11th Hour: Report

Microsoft's bid for the app's US operations was rejected

(Newser) - Looks like TikTok is selling its US operations to Oracle, a Silicon Valley firm, only a week before President Trump threatened to ban the app if no deal materialized. At least that's what insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . But no details have emerged about the Chinese video-sharing app'...

Microsoft: Same Russian Unit Is Interfering in This Campaign

It also reports attempted hacks by Chinese and Iranian operators

(Newser) - The same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked the Democrats in 2016 has attempted similar intrusions into the computer systems of more than 200 organizations, including political parties and consultants, Microsoft said Thursday. Those efforts appear to be part of a broader increase in targeting US political campaigns and related...

2 Big Amazon Rivals Team Up to Bid for TikTok

Microsoft, Walmart partnering on a bid to satisfy Trump administration

(Newser) - TikTok's US operations might soon belong to Microsoft and Walmart. The two companies have teamed up to bid on the highly popular short-form video app. The draw for Walmart? It wants to boost its fledgling online ad business and better go after a younger demographic. Before Thursday's announcement,...

Trump Gives TikTok Owners Deadline to Sell to US Firm

App will be shut down if there's no deal by Sept. 15

(Newser) - The clock is going tick-tock when it comes to TikTok selling its US arm to Microsoft or another American company, President Trump said Monday. The president—who on Friday said he was considering banning the Chinese-owned app for security reasons—said TikTok would be shut down on Sept. 15 unless...

Microsoft Will 'Move Quickly' on TikTok Deal

Company says CEO has spoken to Trump about his concerns

(Newser) - Microsoft confirmed Sunday it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the US arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition. In a statement, Microsoft said it and ByteDance have provided notice of...

Trump Looks to Force Sale, and Microsoft May Be Buying

App says it wouldn't pass user data to Chinese government

(Newser) - President Trump is looking at ordering the sale of the US portion of TikTok, and Microsoft appears ready to step into the void. "We may be banning TikTok," Trump said Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal with Microsoft would bring Bytedance, the app's Chinese owner,...

Thanks to COVID, an 'Extremely Difficult Decision' at LinkedIn

Company to lay off 6% of its workforce due to pandemic

(Newser) - An "extremely difficult decision" has been made at LinkedIn, and employees found out about it this week: The company is cutting nearly 1,000 jobs, or 6% of its workforce, the Wall Street Journal reports. "LinkedIn is not immune to the effects of the global pandemic," CEO...

New Microsoft Tool to Keep 'Reply All' Messes at Bay

'Reply All Storm Protection' feature to keep Office 365 users' inboxes clear of 'reply all' messages

(Newser) - Other than a reaming from your boss or a missive announcing a daylong company meeting, there are few work emails that prompt more dread and annoyance than one that ends up getting caught in an endless "reply all" chain. Per ZDNet , Microsoft now says it has a solution to...

Microsoft's Co-founder Is Leaving Its Board

Bill Gates says he wants to focus on philanthropy

(Newser) - Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975, is leaving the company's board. Microsoft quoted Gates in a statement saying that he wants to "dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities." He's also stepping down from the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Waren Buffet's holding...

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